Sony/ATV Admin Moving Downtown

SonyATVSony/ATV Music Publishing is moving its administrative operations to downtown Nashville to a new space that will serve as the company’s global administration hub. The creative team will remain on Music Row.

Sony/ATV has executed a long-term lease with Amstar for 50,000 square feet of office space in downtown Nashville’s Fifth Third Center, located at 424 Church Street. The company will occupy three floors in the building and is set to move before the end of the year.

Sony/ATV expects to increase overall headcount in Nashville by more than 40 percent in departments including global administration, royalties, copyright, finance, IT and human resources.

The long-term presence of Sony/ATV’s creative offices on historic Music Row, located at 8 Music Square West, will not be affected by this move. However, the building at 65 Music Square West which currently houses the administrative team will be sold.

The need to hire more admin staffers results in part from the company’s acquisition of EMI Music Publishing. Recently Sony Corporation of America and a group of investors acquired EMI Music Publishing, and Sony/ATV Music Publishing administers EMI on behalf of the investor group. Together with EMI Music Publishing, Sony/ATV owns or administers more than 2 million copyrights.

Commenting on the announcement, Martin Bandier, Chairman & CEO of Sony/ATV Music Publishing said, “We are thrilled to have found such accessible and functional office space in downtown Nashville’s beautiful Fifth Third Center. Our new offices will provide us the necessary room to expand, while still being part of Music City. We’re particularly grateful to the incredible support from Nashville Mayor Karl Dean and Governor Bill Haslam for helping us to continue to make Nashville, Tennessee Sony/ATV’s global administration hub.”

“Sony/ATV’s decision to expand its global administration offices into the heart of downtown Nashville speaks to the vibrancy of our urban core and the strength of our brand as Music City,” Mayor Dean said. “The music and entertainment industry is a major economic force in our city because of the growth of companies here like Sony/ATV. I want to thank Marty Bandier and everyone at Sony/ATV for their continued investment in Nashville and thank the Music City Music Council, the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce and the state of Tennessee for their partnership.”

Sony/ATV controls many of the best known songs ever written including “New York, New York,” “Hallelujah,”  “All You Need Is Love,” “You’ve Got a Friend,” “Moon River,” “Jailhouse Rock,” “The Mission Impossible Theme,” “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” “Over the Rainbow,” “Stand By Me,” “I Heard It Through the Grapevine” and “Singin’ in the Rain.” In addition, Sony/ATV represents the copyrights of such legendary artists as The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Marvin Gaye, Michael Jackson, Carole King, Willie Nelson, Roy Orbison, Queen, The Rolling Stones, The Supremes, Hank Williams and Stevie Wonder, among others.

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